There’s been an increase in the number of businesses getting into the managed WordPress hosting space in the past few years and if you’re into WordPress like I am, it’s likely you know the most well-known players like Page.ly, WP Engine, and ZippyKid. But there’s another company that’s been kicking ass in this space for almost 10 years that you should know about.
SiteGround.com – Quality-Crafted Hosting Services. This is a company I can highly recommend and I’ll tell you why with a personal story below.
How I Discovered SiteGround
In the beginning of 2013 we were planning our launch of this very site and we signed on as a sponsor of WordCamp Miami. As I was gearing up to attend, I was checking out the other sponsors and saw the typical list and a few new names I hadn’t heard of previously, including SiteGround Expert WordPress Hosting.
“OK, here’s someone else getting into the managed WordPress hosting game.” I thought. Good for them.
As the event got started I was busy doing what I normally do at WordCamps, catch up with the people I know and shake hands and get to know as many new people (and companies) as I can. That’s when I met Hristo and Tina from SiteGround. We had a pleasant enough conversation and it was clear they were nice people and committed to their company.
As I continued to flutter about the conference and because it was our official company launch, I was admittedly more focused on spreading the word about our own products than doing my usual note taking on other attendees and companies in order to follow up with after the event.
On the last evening I hadn’t made any dinner plans and stepped outside the hotel lobby to start walking to the TGI Friday’s just up the block to grab a quick bite. That plan changed when I saw Hristo and Tina outside on the bench waiting for a group to head to dinner at another location. They graciously invited me to come along with the group and although I almost declined because I was tired, I’m glad I accepted.
After a lengthy conversation over dinner, it became much more clear to me what SiteGround had to offer, but more importantly, the kind of company culture and passionate people that make up the company.
If you know me at all, you know I’m all about positive people and Hristo and Tina definitely fit that description.
I connected with Hristo and Tina on Twitter and we exchanged messages a few times. I also kept seeing mentions of SiteGround popping up across my social channels, and as a marketer and member of the WordPress community, that sent a signal that they were deeply committed to WordPress and it’s users.
When It Finally Clicked – Pressnomics
Fast forward 6 months to Pressnomics, a WordPress business-focused event where again, both FooPlugins and SiteGround were sponsors. I had been in touch with Tina and she informed me that her colleagues Reneta and Daniel would be attending this time. I made a mental note to make sure to say hello and introduce myself.
On the first evening many people gathered at a local restaurant and I spotted Reneta and Daniel said hello. Just as I suspected, they were both friendly and as the conversation continued, it became clear that they were both highly intelligent and passionate about WordPress and Siteground and the roles they had within the company.
That was the beginning of five days of conversations over dinner, drinks, and even golf. The more we talked, the more clear the benefits of SiteGround’s WordPress hosting became clear to me. They are very focused on the community and on users and it shows in what they’ve been able to build specifically for WordPress hosting and migrations.
Why SiteGround is a Great Option for WordPress Hosting and Migration
Two of the main pain points for me (and my consulting clients) in regard to managed WordPress hosting is the lack of email services and easy migrations for existing sites. Some hosts are slowly getting better, but SiteGround utilizes cPanel, which I’m sure you’re familiar with using, for all their plans and shared hosting starts at just $3.95.
Here’s some highlights of SiteGround’s WordPress Hosting features:
- Free Domain Name
- Free Website Migration
- Free Daily Backups
- Unlimited Email
- cPanel and SSH Access
- 24/7 Tech Support
- WordPress Super Cacher – Static cache on StartUp plan, Dynamic Cache is available for GrowBig ($7.95) and GoGeek ($14.95) plans.
- CDN (CloudFlare)
- WordPress Auto Updates and WP-CLI
- WordPress Staging and Integrated Git (for GoGeek plans starting at $14.95)
There is are no other managed WordPress hosting plans that offer these WordPress-specific features at such a low price point. Period.
Read that list again.
Do you create multiple sites for yourself or for clients? How many of those features above would make your job easier and your clients happier?
For me, it’s every single thing on that list. Everything I need for badass WordPress development and hosting, all in one place. No separate email solution. No separate backup solution. No migration headaches.
To sum up, if you’ve been trying to find that perfect balance of managed WordPress hosting + developer-friendly features + a price point that is more affordable for you and your clients, then I recommend you have a deeper look at what SiteGround.com has to offer.